RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council moved Tuesday to authorize the acceptance of funding that will be used toward food insecurity and wellness in the community.

The Somerset County Department of Community Development received funding from the Community Development Block Grant appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

CDBG Cares Act, known as CDBG-CV, “provides grants to states, insular areas and local governments to prevent, prepare for and respond to the spread of COVID-19,” according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Exchange website.

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Interim borough administrator Eric Colvin first introduced the funding possibility to the borough council in December.

“The community development committee voted earlier in the month to allocate some funding directly to the municipalities,” he said on Dec. 15.

These grant allocations were created to help communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in areas affected by job loss.

Raritan Borough is receiving just over $59,000, Colvin said during the council’s Jan 4 meeting. The council unanimously passed a resolution approving the project, which will allow them to accept the funding from the county.

“It’s a broad label and we have to fine tune the project itself, but it will be under food insecurity and wellness,” Colvin said.

HUD defines a food-insecure household as one that reports the inability to provide an adequate amount of food for all household members due to insufficient resources.

“There's very specific guidelines on how the money can be used, and I want to have a conversation with everyone moving forward with what that entails,” Colvin said.

Exact details for how the funding will be used have not yet been decided but will be discussed further with the borough council.